Tower Grove Residents Ask For Slower Traffic, Better Pedestrian Amenities for South Grand Streetscape

Tower Grove residents have expressed their desire for a very different South Grand Avenue. Just fewer than 100 residents attended two open house event recently and East-West Gateway now has a summary of feedback available on-line here. There is a lot of information in the survey, but it appears that a large plurality would like to see a three-lane South Grand with trees possibly moved to the parking lane.

My previous post regarding the South Grand streetscape advocated for three traffic lanes, but leaving trees as part of the sidewalk and preserving more on-street parallel parking. I still believe that this would be the more simple solution while immeasurably enhancing the street. To be fair, a three-lane “enhanced” streetscape wasn’t an option in this CH2M Hill presentation. I think it’s fantastic that neighborhood residents want the most pedestrian-friendly street possible and with the recent rejection of a suburban-style CVS by the West Pine-Laclede Neighborhood Association in the Central West End, there is reason for optimism. City residents and business owners are beginning to demand better.